|A: Group Texter
||B: Location-aware||C: Social Gaming|
|D: Dating Services||E: Social Networker||F: Media Sharer|
Our guide to the best of mobile social networking. All of the major players have a mobile presence these days. We’ve shown sites in the most relevant category or the category for which they are best known.
Last updated June 2013. See the category definitions here
Allows you to broadcast your current location or a short message to anyone within a 10 block radius, based on your friends (and friends-of-friends) list. Superseded Dodgeball, which Google acquired in 2005 and discontinued in 2009.
Streams videos live from your cameraphone, and publishes them directly to your flixwagon account. It can even publish them straight to Youtube, for those who are brave or very careful.
Allows you to share text, pictures, videos and location information between PCs and mobile phones. It's based on chatrooms, with different levels of privacy and a 'Circle of Trust' to determine who you can send and receive from.
Social networking now focussed primarily on cloud-based games
Lets you create a profile and share messages, pictures and videos with your friends. You can also use it to update other social networking sites incuding Twitter, Bebo and Facebook.
Users create a 'loop', and can send free texts to all subscribers to that loop. Loops can be browsed quickly on your mobile by tags. Formerly known as Loopnote
A dating service. You create your profile, and it tracks you in real-time and alerts you whenever another meetMoi single is near you, without revealing actual locations.
Prioritises free (or at least cheap) global communication by offering services like VoIP, Skype and IM on your mobile.
Mobile gaming community focussed on HTML5 (i.e. provides a mobile website version, not apps)
Centres on blog and photo sharing. It offers the opportunity to keep contact between communities of invite-only friends, or to shout your presence to the world at large.
One of the large social networking sites, with their own mobile portals. We don't need to tell you what they do, do we.
Available only in New York City. Allows you to tag a location with a to do. Whenever you activate the site, it reminds you of all your to dos within a 5 block radius. You can also view and share to do lists with other users.
A Swedish location-based service that allows you to host and create text, picture and video files and share them with nearby rabble users who share similar interests.
Formerly Shozu. Interfaces with over 50 other social and news sites. It allows photo and video uploads and has live-feeds that download your friends updates as they post them.
A location-based service, allows users to tag on-line maps with 'stickies' containing text and media information. Other users can access these stickies, and socialight alerts you when you approach one.
Now ubiquitous text-based micro-blogging service. It allows you to send (tweet) and recieve short messages for free with other users on either PC or mobile phone, and provide topic links (hash tags)
A cross-platform site. It is based heavily on bebo, but allows full and easy access from the mobile internet.
A free web-text service that sends single or group texts to and from PCs and mobile phones, and supports most video and audio formats.
Mobile chat service, based in Africa.
|E||airg.com||Their Meet/Share/Play mantra describes the main services they cover, i.e. connecting with friends, sharing info, and online games. A social entertainment leader, based in Canada.|
|E||binu||Platform for reaching all of your social networking favourites.|
|A||chatmobile.com||Does what it says on the tin, with multiple plans across multiple countries.|
|A||fimichat.com||Chat service popular among users in Jamaica, where almost all its audience is located.|
Allows you to connect with friends and people who share your interests safely, i.e. with security features. Emirates-based, popular in India
Chat and Games. Includes cricket, for those of you who know what this marvellous sport is. They certainly do in India!
Games site of Tudorgames
Social network and gaming platform founded in Singapore. Popular in India.
|A||mspn.in||Indian chat site.|
|A||Nimbuzz||Nimbuzz is a free instant, mobile messenger & phone app for your Windows PC, Mac or mobile phone.|
Qeep is the global social network claiming also to be the world's leading mobile gaming & entertainment network. Based in Germany, it includes a novel Sound Attacks, to blast sounds right out of your friends phone. Sounds a bit qeepy!
|D||rockchat.mobi||Flirt, date, and chat on this site. Presumably primarily about rock music.|
Online chat and broadcast 'ShoutOuts'. Popular in Kenya, Nigeria, India, South Africa & Ghana
|F||Simple and popular photo-sharing with fun, retro effects. Now owned by Facebook.|
|E||One of the large social networking sites, with their own mobile portals. We don't need to tell you what they do, do we.|
Roleplaying initially made it popular with children. And the Irish, for some reason.Bought, then sold, by AOL, then bought by original owners (July 2013)
One of the large social networking sites, with their own mobile portal. We don't need to tell you what they do, do we.
Path is a social networking-enabled photo sharing and messaging service for mobile devices, launched in November 2010. The service allows users to share with their close friends and family.
Helps you and your friends find places and make the most of your visit. Users "check in" at venues using a mobile website, text messaging or a device-specific application by selecting from a list of venues the application locates nearby. Each check-in awards the user points and sometimes "badges".
|E||Social networking site for professionals|
A local business directory service and review site with social networking features.
|E||ibibo||A popular Indian social web site. Offers access to game app. Useful for chat. iScream enables users to broadcast their messages directly to all online ibibo users via SMS.|
|D||Peperonity||Classic dating service. Allows video & photo uploads. Free WAP based blogs. International.|
|C||Tadkalive||Closed gaming site. Formerly run by India Games.|
Chat. Play. Trade. Make friends. Find love. 50m+ users across Africa. Taken over Splashy_funpin.
Group messaging site.
|F||Frend4m||Claims to be Asia's Number one Mobile community. It's amongst India's Top 1 Thousand sites.|
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